I’m sorry to hear of your position and it is disappointing to hear the newly appointed property manager, nor the Landlord communicated to you this new expense was fully recoverable from you as the Tenant through your operating expense lease obligations. Given the significant hardship this will cause your current already stretched financial position, I would recommend meeting face to face with your Landlord and coming cap in hand stating you cannot simply afford to fund this additional cost at such a turbulent time. Given your Landlord has already offered you rent concessions, they have demonstrating their willingness to support you and hopefully this will be further demonstrated by working with you to keep your business afloat. Whilst it may appear your back is against the wall, you are in a strong position from a negotiation perspective in that you will not be able to meet these additional costs and the only other option is the Landlord may have an upcoming vacancy. The flipside of this is if you are paying a below market rental, the Landlord may have another Tenant up their sleeve, or feel the property is highly desirable etc. The best door is the front door on this one and by meeting face to face, hopefully they will be pragmatic about the unfortunate timing of engaging a property manager. If the Landlord really needs the property manager, they could offer to pay these costs, if it is a simple building to manage, they could also take back this responsibility and eliminate the cost altogether. Either way, a meeting in person should flesh out these points.
Front foot this meeting and try do it swfitly to show you are being proactive about this.
MOst importantly, good luck 🙂